What is it for?
Composite can be reliably used to restore cavities formed by dental decay, fractured or worn teeth. Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down from misuse (such as from nail-biting or tooth grinding).
What To Think About
It is important to start treatment before tooth decay becomes worse. More severe decay may cause pain and tooth loss and may require a costly crown, a root canal, or tooth removal (extraction).
What is it?
An inlay is a custom made ‘filling’ which is constructed by a dental technician and cemented into place in a prepared cavity in the tooth. It is usually used where something a little stronger than a composite or amalgam filing is required for a back tooth, and can be made from porcelain or strengthened composite.
What is it for?
When a back tooth has a cavity as a result of tooth decay, fracture, or lost filling, and a simple filling would leave the tooth or filling vulnerable to damage due to weakness or a strong bite, an inlay provides a stronger alternative.
What does the procedure involve?
In most cases, the tooth will be numbed with a local anaesthetic before treatment. Any damaged or diseased tooth tissue or damaged existing filling will be removed from the tooth and the cavity shaped and prepared. Impressions will be taken of the teeth to allow a technician to construct the inlay, and a temporary restoration will be placed in the tooth. At a second appointment, the temporary restoration will be removed, and the custom-made inlay cemented into the cavity.
How long will it last?
An inlay will usually last longer than a composite or amalgam filling in any given tooth.